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Woman With Heroin Wouldn’t Pay Cab Fare, Police Say

Police charge woman with multiple offenses after she allegedly tried to ditch paying.

A Pennsylvania woman faces a host of charges including possession of heroin after a dispute with a taxi driver over an unpaid fare, according to Parsippany Police.

Just after 8 p.m. Saturday, officers were called to the Gulf gas station at 859 Route 46 to check out a report of a dispute over a $109.80 fare involving a woman and a livery driver, according to a statement from PPD spokesperson Sgt. Yvonne Christiano.

Christiano said officers saw the cab driver escorting the alleged fare evader, 29-year-old Lynn Janet Roberts of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., from the parking lot of the adjacent Red Roof Inn back to the Gulf station, where the livery car was parked.

The driver told the officer that he had driven Roberts to two Parsippany motels and to a residence in Newark, according to the police statement. Suspecting that she was planning to skip paying the fare, the driver followed Roberts when she said she was getting the money to pay him, Christiano said.

The cab driver gave the officers a bundle of suspected heroin that Roberts allegedly spit onto the ground, the police spokesperson added.

After the officers determined that the heroin was in Roberts’ possession, the woman was arrested, the statement said, adding that she was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, theft of services and disorderly persons.

Bail was set at $7,500 with a 10 percent option, according to Christiano.

clyde donovan October 23, 2012 at 10:32 PM
It appears some of these rathole motels in Parsippany are home to a population of junkies and prostitutes. The township police and the prosecutor's office need to do a major operation to clean out the fungus. This shoud be a Parsippany election issue.
eflat October 24, 2012 at 03:14 PM
It's not as if Jersey never reciprocates: http://parsippany.patch.com/articles/homicide-charges-latest-for-morris-county-man
Mrs. K October 24, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Yet when the police department conducts prostitution stings, everyone is up in arms that they are wasting time and resources. No one is ever happy unless they have something to complain about!
katie October 25, 2012 at 02:09 AM
where can I find her mug shot?
Natalie Davis October 26, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Hasn't been released. If it is, we'll post it.

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